• Rosie Boycott

    Editor. Writer. Food campaigner.








  • Food

    Rosie is Chair of the London Food Board by Boris Johnson, a role she has held since 2008.


    As Chair, Rosie writes and speaks regularly about the role of cities and the importance of food in improving health, tackling childhood obesity and helping to reduce carbon emissions contributing to climate change. You can read some of her work in this area here.


    She is a trustee of Feeding Britain, the charity that Frank Field established to combat hunger in Britain, and a trustee of The Food Foundation, the independent think-tank that tackles the growing challenges facing the UK’s food system in the interests of the UK public.


    Additionally Rosie is a patron of Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming.


    She has written extensively on food poverty, obesity and the relationship between food and climate change.

  • Background

    Rosie became a journalist at the age 19, falling into the profession having made a friend at the UK edition of Rolling Stone, who kindly found her a job on a now defunct underground magazine called Frendz.


    This led to the founding, with Marsha Rowe, of the iconic Spare Rib in 1972. The legendary magazine shaped the second wave of feminism in the UK and was published for over 20 years.


    After a brief sojourn at some long forgotten colour supplement, Rosie had a spell at The Daily Telegraph, then became Deputy Editor at Harpers & Queen and Features Editor of Esquire before being appointed that magazine’s editor in 1992.


    Four years later Rosie was appointed editor of The Independent on Sunday, and two years after that became, fleetingly, the editor of The Independent.


    From there Rosie went to The Daily Express, where she took over the right leaning newspaper with a brief to turn it towards the left as the new era of Blairism dawned. Sadly, the mission was somewhat thwarted by the sale of the paper to Richard Desmond in November 2000.

  • Campaigns and charity

    Rosie works closely with the following organisations:


    Trustee of Street Smart


    Patron of Housing for Women


    Ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society


    Co-founder of 5x15 Events


    Founder member of the WOW (Women of the World) Committee


    Founder of the Esquire/Waterstones non-fiction prize


    Previous chair of The Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction


    Rosie has judged The Costa Awards and Chaired The Orange Prize

  • Hay Festival

    Rosie is Trustee of The Hay Festival and a director of Hay, Colombia.


    Over the last two decades, she has worked closely with the festival's founder Peter Florence to shape Hay's line-up and editorial stance.


    Rosie has interviewed numerous writers and thinkers at the festival, including Philip Pullman, Richard Dawkins, Paddy Ashdown, David Baddiel, Stephen Frears, Margaret Atwood, Jamie Oliver, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Hanif Kureishi. 

  • Media

    Rosie contributes regularly to numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as television and radio programmes.


    She has presented 'A Good Read' for Radio 4, 'Life Etc' for BBC2, 'Women and Age' for Channel 4, 'False Grief' and 'The Perils of Skunk' for ITV and 'Diana: Great Briton' for BBC 1.


    Rosie has appeared on 'Celebrity Master Chef', 'Famous Rich and Homeless', 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Pointless', 'Only Connect', as well as 'The Saturday Review', 'Newsnight', and 'The Today Programme'.


    She is a director of The Oldie Magazine, and was for many years their travel editor.

  • Books

    Rosie is represented by Caroline Michel at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, who can be contacted here

    'A Nice Girl

    like Me'

    Published by

    Simon and Schuster

    'Spotted Pigs & Green Tomatoes'

    Published by Bloomsbury

    'Batty Bloomers

    and Boycott'

    Published by Hutchinson

  • Read Rosie's Blog on Medium here

  • Social Media

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